Boxy silhouettes were given a feminine makeover at Leroy Nguyen’s SS14/15 runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Opening with a line of sleek black pieces, we saw the collection take shape in high necked mini dresses, sporty playsuits and slightly androgynous separates. Each piece was highly structured while maintaining a feminine elegance- the use of a subtle metallic sheen added interest and drama to each garment.
This earlier sports influence became more apparent as we moved through to a selection of baby pinks and powder blues, interspersed with a touch of lilac. Despite the sweet colour palette, each garment was cut with ease of wear in mind- versatility is key in oversized cracked print sweaters, neoprene flip skirts and casual pinafore dresses.
The digital cracked motif runs throughout the collection, printed across swimwear and sweet daytime separates in bold paris blues and bright purples. Bold florals appeared later down the line, this time blown up over a voluminous mini skirt and a scoop necked shift dress.
Sweet pastels were juxtaposed with modern geometry on high neck shift dresses and square separates. Each Leroy Nguyen piece works seamlessly with the next, possessing the innate ability to be worn either as a head to toe look or worked back within existing wardrobe.
Leroy Nguyen’s entire spring summer offering is carefully considered and flawlessly executed. Nguyen utilises minimalism to his advantage, stripping each look back to highlight his expert craftsmanship and intrinsic knowledge of the female form.
Images by Wanda Chin